Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Daily Link Picks: March 09, 2010

HCAN & SEIU Hold Massive Astroturfed Rally in DC; Protesters Arrested After Busting Into Ballroom
Barack Obama’s HCAN (Health Care for America Now) organization and SEIU supporters held a joint rally today in Washington against the insurance industry. The groups bussed in their protesters from DE, CT, MD, MN, VA, NJ, NC, NY, OH, PA, and RI.
Poll: Republican resurgence among young adults
A new poll shows 18- to 29-year-old Republicans are more politically energized than young Democrats and are more inclined to vote in this fall's elections. Young adults are also extremely concerned about the economy.
Dems Go To Language School!
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) attended one of Harman’s sessions when he was running for office in 2008. Now the president of the Democratic freshman class, he helped lead a session for other Democrats late last month. He said his party has to “avoid the trap of looking soft and weak” and that “there are strong adverbs, adjectives and verbs as opposed to weak.”
The Health Care Whip Count
Dems are aiming to pass health care legislation, once and for all, by Easter recess. But for all their optimistic talk, one thing remains clear: They don't have the votes just yet. Then again, they don't have a bill yet, either.
The Source of Obama’s Trouble
The Obama administration and Democrats in general are in trouble because they are not urgently and effectively addressing the issue that most Americans want them to: the frightening economic insecurity that has put a chokehold on millions of American families.
Ford Launches Affordable Made-for-India Compact Car
The four-door Figo, Italian for "cool," is the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker's first car designed -- and priced -- for the mass Indian market.
Do You Miss Him Yet?
At the same time, Bush profited from the fact that he kept a low profile and didn’t snipe at his successor, a task left to his vice president, who therefore took upon himself the enmity and scorn previously directed at his former boss. Dick Cheney was, in effect, a lightning rod, and he was joined in that function by Sarah Palin, who slid neatly into the slot Bush had occupied in the mind of all good liberals for eight long years. Hatred and contempt of Palin is now the favorite pastime of those who have abandoned the cowboy from Texas and transferred their obsessive animus to the belle of Alaska (who, I say again, is more formidable than many in both parties believe.)
Obama: The Will Of The People Be Damned - I’LL Decide Who Can Go Fishing
Guess what old Barack (I’ve never had a fishing rod in my hand a day in my life) Obama has been up to since last year? Plotting a Federal takeover of all our bodies of water (freshwater…saltwater…doesn’t matter), in an effort to set up MORE bureaucracies and circumvent the rights of the States to determine fair use and access rules amongst themselves based on the local interests of everyone involved.
Pelosi: We need to pass ObamaCare so that the public can find out what’s in the bill
But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
Oh my: 68% now oppose passing ObamaCare without Republican support
68 percent say the president and congressional Democrats should keep trying to cut a deal with Republicans rather than pass a bill with no GOP support…
Virginia Senate passes McDonnell's charter school bill
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's proposal designed to expand the number of charter schools in the state.
McDonnell pledges not to discriminate, backs Cuccinelli's legal reasoning on gays
On whether Cuccinelli's letter has any impact, given pledges by all involved not to discriminate: "Listen, I gave advice to Gov. Kaine on that, and he ignored my advice. Lawyers give advice regulaly. Sometimes the clients follow it, sometimes they don't. . . . I think you have to make one legal distinction."

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